2Day in #OpenGov 6/10/2013

by Carrie Tian, policy intern
  • Edward Snowden’s decision to out himself as the NSA leaker caused scrutiny of the sprawling network of government contractors. (POLITICO)
  • Government and industry officials clarified the scope of PRISM over the weekend: the government cannot access data directly from companies’ servers but can send classified queries and receive the requested data remotely. (Washington Post)
  • When the stocks of private health insurers soared weeks in advance of the official Medicare decision, it turned a light on the practice of sharing ‘political intelligence’ between government and industry.Email records indicate that hundreds of HHS employees knew of the decision two weeks before it was publicly announced. (Washington Post)
  • Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the committee investigating the IRS, released the interview transcript of the self-described conservative IRS manager who ordered increased scrutiny of conservative groups. Cummings blasted Chairman Issa’s handling of the investigation and asserted that the case was effectively concluded. (Yahoo)
  • A newly released Pew report shows that while confidence in nonprofit journalism is strong, the majority of nonprofit news organizations have tenuous financial stability. (Knight Foundation)